Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The reader..

Mary is a very avid reader - even of American Rifleman!
(This picture was not posed; she actually picked it up
and read it on her own!)

Mary was especially impressed by the $3000 guns featured in one of the stories!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Exciting Day for Julia!

Today was Julia's sixth birthday!

We are very thankful to have Julia as part of our family.

What would life be like without her!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Is this the solution?

Joseph got a little fed up with people constantly playing the piano, so he did this:

Is this really the solution to the problem?
What would your solution be?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Our traditional Friday meal....

I thought I'd do a little post about our regular Friday meal.

We almost always have pancakes on Friday for lunch. 

Here is the recipe:
7 1/2 cups flour
5 tsp. salt
15 Tbsp. sugar
8 3/4 tsp. baking powder
8 eggs
15 Tbsp. butter
5 1/2 - 6 cups milk

Anna mixes the batter and I cook the pancakes.

The official mixer-upper girl

I am the official pancake-maker

Aren't you hungry?

We usually make at least 60!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Homemade cornmeal

Our sweet corn this year didn't turn out very well,
so the girls ground it all up into cornmeal.

After the cobs were boiled and blanched,
the kernels were taken off for some hands-on work.

Then the corn was dehydrated

It takes six ears of corn for one cup of cornmeal

It all gets ground up in a grain mill

The end result!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Something to cry about....

Here are a just few of the 3000+ onions we grew this year.

(some) of the finished product.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to get smarter..

We recently got our grandma two cases of Smart Water for her birthday

Grace and Caleb getting "smarter"

I think I should start drinking that stuff!
I need all the help that I can get right now!

Have a good night!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sheet music for you ambitious musicians...

One of our friends had this piece of "music" linked on her Skype profile!

Even if you are not musically inclined, read the printed comments and notations throughout the music. They are hilarious!

If it is too hard to see the notations the link to the original web page is here.

We thought this was really funny, and are glad that real music doesn't usually look like this!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The last post....

It's hard to believe we are actually headed home!
It's been a great, activity-packed two weeks, but everyone is looking forward to sleeping in their own bed again!

Here are a couple of pics from today-

We played several specials at Calvary Baptist Church of Clymer, in the morning service.
We also enjoyed the great preaching by Pastor Jeffers.

"Hey you!"

The beautiful rolling hills of western Pennsylvania

Joe and his giant jawbreaker. This is how he kills the travel time!
We should be home in a couple of hours!

It's been a great trip, and we are grateful to the Lord for His protection and for the opportunity to minister.

A picnic...

Calvary Baptist Church had a picnic at Camp Faith Saturday night. 
It was really fun being the first ones there and the last ones to leave!

We had a great time meeting the church folks

Someone had brought this homemade dart board, which was a combination of darts and baseball.
The different squares represent hits, strikes, balls, outs and various other baseball scoring plays.
It made for a very interesting game of darts!

A nice grouping by Joe!

 He won the game in the bottom of the ninth with two homers!

Playing real baseball
 We enjoyed seeing Ben and Brendee Dawley and their little girl, Emma!
Ben is the music director at the church.

Mom getting some much needed R&R
The picnic was a great way to meet new folks and enjoy good Christian fellowship!

Camp Faith

The church in Clymer, PA, where we played at owns a little camp, which they graciously allowed
us to stay at!

The building we stayed in

"Hi Rebecca!"

The girls' room

We slept downstairs in the dining room

Mom and her stylish pheasant sleeping bag!

Our 16 foot table! Plenty of space for once!

Dad and the girls playing fooseball

Air hockey for all!

Grace really gets into those ping-pong games!

I have to admit that I do as well!

Caleb and the tractor - notice a theme here?
We are very grateful to the Lord for Calvary Baptist Church letting us stay at Camp Faith.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Drive by doings...

The closest we came to New York City!

THE MOST CONFUSING traffic sign we have ever seen!

We were not able to find a parking spot in Philadelphia due to towing the trailer, and so missed our reservations for touring Independence Hall and seeing the Liberty Bell :(
So, we decided to take an impromptu stop, and picked Valley Forge National Historical Park.

This picture is pretty self-explanatory

Caleb and Baron Friedrich von Steuben

The Valley Forge campground

Memorial Arch

"Mad" Anthony Wayne
Michigan's Wayne County is named after this famous general.

Here is a little covered bridge we drove across

The park was crawling with deer, and Joe took a pic of this fawn

After we finished visiting Valley Forge we continued on to Penn Run, Pennsylvania, where we are
staying at a church camp, Camp Faith, before playing in the church service Sunday.

Last trip update coming up tomorrow!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Monuments, Mayflowers, and Mansions.

After visiting Plimoth Plantation we went to see the National Monument to the Forefathers.
It was really neat to see the many Biblical references and concepts that are incorporated into its design.
Fun Fact - It is the largest solid granite statue in the US.

The National Monument to the Forefathers

Our family in front of the Monument
After visiting the Monument we drove into Plymouth and saw more 
of the memorials honoring the Pilgrims.

We also went aboard the Mayflower 2, a full-sized reproduction of the original Mayflower.

Mayflower 2

Caleb mans the whipstaff

Anna enjoying the view

Talking to Captain Christopher Jones

All of us with Captain Jones

Pull Rebecca, pull!!!!

On the way back to the Love's house we swung by Newport, RI and drove by some of the mansions.

Here are a couple shots that I managed to get from the road.

Belcourt Castle

Chateau Sur Mer

The Breakers

We had a great time in Plymouth and the surrounding area and hope to visit again sometime in the future.

As I write this, we are driving through New York City en route to Philadelphia, where we plan to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and several other places. 

Stay tuned!